The Easy Money Whores at the Fed Are Craving More Easy Money
Just when we stopped caring about Fed minutes, a clear sign that the easy money whores are itching to pull the trigger on even more "accommodation" (read: future inflation) since markets haven't been receptive to the several years of completely accommodating monetary policy they've embraced as policy, not exception. SAVE US, YOU FUCKERS!
Read it and weep, folks:
The Committee had provided additional accommodation at its previous meeting by announcing the continuation of the maturity extension program through the end of the year, and more time was seen as necessary to evaluate the effects of that decision. Nonetheless, many members expected that at the end of 2014, the unemployment rate would still be well above their estimates of its longer-term normal rate and that inflation would be at or below the Committee's longer-run objective of 2 percent. A number of them indicated that additional accommodation could help foster a more rapid improvement in labor market conditions in an environment in which price pressures were likely to be subdued. Many members judged that additional monetary accommodation would likely be warranted fairly soon unless incoming information pointed to a substantial and sustainable strengthening in the pace of the economic recovery. Several members noted the benefits of accumulating further information that could help clarify the contours of the outlook for economic activity and inflation as well as the need for further policy action. One member [who we can only guess was JDA's former #1, Richmond Fed's Jeffrey Lacker] judged that additional accommodation would likely not be effective in improving the economic outlook and viewed the potential costs associated with such action as unacceptably high [stop turning me on, dude!]. At the conclusion of the discussion, members agreed that they would closely monitor economic and financial developments and carefully weigh the potential benefits and costs of various tools in assessing whether additional policy action would be warranted.
What this means: the bastards have their finger on the trigger and cannot WAIT for a reason to pull it. Again, let's totally ignore the fact that they really haven't been able to make the smallest of dents in the problem this far because, well, it's their fault we got here but whatever, who cares! FREE MONEY FOR EVERYONE!!!
Zimbabwe Ben, where are you? We need your help! PLEASE or else we're doooooomed OMG.